Sean Penn becomes Haitian ambassador

2012-01-16 15:37

Los Angeles - Sean Penn has accepted the job of "ambassador at large" for the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The Milk actor - who has been assisting in the country's relief efforts since it was struck by a devastating earthquake two years ago - was offered the position by the nation's foreign minister Laurent Lamothe while at the Cinema for Peace benefit in Los Angeles on Saturday..

Picking up a humanitarian award for his work in Haiti, he told the crowd: "I do accept [the job]," before adding it would be nice to be "called, 'Hey Mr. Ambassador.'"

The event raised $5m for the troubled country, with an auction taking place which saw Damien Rice spend $475 000 on a guitar owned by Bono and Julia Roberts' husband Danny Moder placing a $50 000 bid on a trip to Hawaii with Sean.

Other celebrities who attended the event included Demi Moore - who took along daughter Rumer - Mel Gibson, Kim Kardashian, Hilary Swank, Orlando Bloom, George Clooney and James Gandolfini.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also made an appearance at the Montague Hotel in Beverly Hills.


  • Smell - 2012-01-16 16:16

    Perhaps Mr. Penn can enlighten himself and then the outside world why Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western world. Haiti became independent in 1804 (that is 208 years ago). I bet you they are still blaming the ex-colonial power for their ongoing misery. Contrast that with the history and success of other ex-colonial states like Singapore or Taiwan. And then smother it with a blanket of political correctness.

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